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These Jackets Don't Need a Tie

Power Cable Update: February 1999.

Specifying a cable jacket may call for trade-offs between protection, installation performance and price. Here's a brief comparison of key characteristics of some common cable jacket options.

 

COMPARISON OF JACKETING MATERIALS

  PVC CPE Neoprene Hypalon® SOLONON-XL SOLONON™
PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
  • Tensile Strength (PSI)
  • Elongation (%)
1500
100
1400
150
1800
300
1800
300
1800
180
2000
160
AGING CHARACTERISTICS
(Air Oven, 121°C 168 Hrs.)
  • Tensile Strength
    (% of unaged value)
  • Elongation
    (% of unaged value)
85

100
85

150
50

300
85

300
100

180
111

160
MOISTURE RESISTANCE
(7 Days in 70°C Water)
  • Mg Absorbed/Square
    Inch (lower = better)
8 25 45 35 6 14.3
OIL RESISTANCE
  • Test Temperature (°C)
  • Immersion Time (Hrs)
  • Tensile Strength
    (% of unaged value)
  • Elongated (% of unaged value)
70
4
80

60
100
18
60

60
121
18
60

60
121
18
60

60
121
18
80

100
70
4
65

85
HALOGEN CONTENT (%) 29 19 16.5 13.5 0.0 0.0
LIMITED OXYGEN INDEX (LOI) (%)
(Measure of flame retardance.
Higher = Better)
28 28 32 30 40 40
UL FLAME RESISTANCE TEST
(Vertical Ladder Tray Test; 20 min
at 70,000 BTU/Hr.; Pass/Fail)
PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS
UL LIMITED SMOKE TEST
(PASS/FAIL)
FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL PASS PASS
SMOKE DENSITY
Flaming Mode
  • D4.0
  • DM
    Non-Flaming Mode
  • D4.0
  • DM
      325
400


325
480
57
65


16
300
2.7
59


21
178
COEFFICIENT OF DYNAMIC
FRICTION (µ) In PVC Duct
0.35 0.35 0.50 0.50 0.35 0.35
LOW TEMPERATURE RATING
(Temperature passed Cold Bend Test, °C)
-10 -35 -30 -30 -40 -40
NOTES: Except as indicated, information for jacket materials other than SOLONON represents minimum requirements to meet most industry specifications for heavy-duty jackets.